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What will Putin get out of Trump?

Thanks in no small part to Donald Trump, Putin has already achieved most of his big foreign policy goals, says Saint John’s professor Nick Hayes. 

Do chimps explain America’s gender chasm?

New York Times columnist Thomas Edsall, who loves to turn to scholars for understanding, asked a psychology professor, Northwestern University’s Dan McAdams, for help in understanding the gap.

So much for the strength of our democracy

Is it just me, or are our democratic institutions looking pretty feeble? Congress, led by the Republican Party, has refused to even offer up a token check on the president.

Who should pay for preschool for the middle class?

Universal preschool has a significant positive effect on reading scores of children from low-income homes, but programs targeted to poor children do not.